NFL Playoff Scenarios 2013: Examining AFC and NFC Postseason Outlook

December 25, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The AFC playoff picture is so convoluted that no team controls its own destiny for the conference's final wild-card position.
As an example of how wild things are, the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are not guaranteed a postseason appearance if they beat the Cincinnati Bengals this week. Should they lose, however, the Ravens could still wind up in the playoffs.
The NFC isn't much different. Although, it is a little easier to understand. Still, where every division in the AFC already has a champ, none of the NFC divisions have been decided. 
In all, 13 of the 16 games on tap for Week 17 have playoff implications. That leaves a lot to be determined in a few hours on Sunday. Hopefully, the following will help prepare you for the oncoming madness.  
Let's start with what we already know, which isn't much.  
As you can see, the Denver Broncos are the only playoff team that knows it will get a first-round bye. The Broncos, however,...

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